We’re so excited to formally introduce the youth group we’re working with here in the Philippines – Buklod Ng Kabataan. Buklod Ng Kabataan - which means “youth bonding together” in Filipino – has a beautifully simple mission: “To Promote and Protect Mother Nature”.
Buklod Ng Kabataan has more than 125 members between the ages of 7 and 18. They all live in the extremely flood prone community of Banaba, and they have all experienced the devastating effects of flooding.
Buklod Ng Kabataan understands that if the environment is degraded, the floods get worse, so they’re taking action. This summer, Buklod Ng Kabataan will run a series of workshops aiming to involve more youths in environmental activism and partner with Greenpeace to force local governments to curb river pollution.
These initiatives will both strengthen youth activism here in Banaba and create a healthier, safer environment for all the residents of Banaba who live near the river. We can't wait to get started!
You made huge changes possible for disaster-affected youth in Haiti possible, and we know that we can do even more here! We look forward to updating you on progress and successes in the coming weeks and months.
Thanks so much for all you’ve already given, and we look forward to updating you!
Welcome to our first project report from the Philippines, and boy do we have a lot of exciting news!
We’re looking forward to an exciting summer full of youth activities. The local youth group we’ll be working with has plans to hold environmental activities, art workshops for younger kids, and provide psycho social support for other youths who have been affected by floods.
They’re also keen to work with our volunteers to learn some English – and and in return they'll teach us some Tagalog (Filipino)!
From sports to music, these kids have energy and talent in spades. What they need is the support of donors like you so that we can fund work that will help them grow into tomorrow's leaders. Tomorrow, March 13th, GlobalGiving will top up your donations by 30%, and that means that tomorrow is a great day to give and support youth activism in disaster prone communities.
If you can’t afford to give yourself, you can still get our work in the Philippines off to a great start by sharing this link tomorrow and asking your friends and family to get involved in support of these inspiring young people.
Thanks so much for your support, and our warmest regards from the Philippines!
We can’t believe it’s February already! If you’re like us, February means one thing – Valentines Day! Whether your single or in a relationship, Valentines Day is all about love and appreciating the people in our lives who support and encourage us.
This Valentines Day, there are dozens of youths in Haiti who are thankful for you. After all you’ve supported their football leagues, their community initiatives, and given them the hope of a bright future.
If you’re thinking about what to get your Valentine, we hope you’ll keep more disaster affected youths around the world in mind. When you make a donation in honor of your Valentine they’ll receive a beautiful card.
To give your Valentine a meaningful gift, just click here and select what type of card you’d like along with your gift amount.
Thanks so much for supporting disaster survivors, and we wish you a very happy Valentines Day!
Are you dreading waiting in lines this black Friday?
Well, we’ve teamed up with GlobalGiving to give you an alternative to spending your Black Friday fighting the crowds to buy the perfect gift.
When you make a donation to one of our projects on behalf of a loved one via GlobalGiving, your loved one will receive a personalised card like this one letting them know how they’re helping Haitian communities.
Your gift will change the lives of youth affected by disaster around the world and keep you out of overflowing stores while demonstrating what's really important this holiday season – caring for those you love, and showing your generosity.
Thanks so much for your support, and – if you’re off to the stores – happy shopping!
On Friday August 24th, Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Haiti, bringing 60mph winds and torrential rain. Isaac flooded many parts of Port au Prince, flattened countless tents, affected 14,000 families, and killed at least four people.
The storm has had a devastating effect on local youth group leader and orphanage director Carlo Laroza. Carlo is a great example of how young people can be a force for positive change in disaster zones. Around finishing his education, he also runs an orphanage. But while the house held out, the orphanage’s school was destroyed.
Rebuilding the school is both EDV’s and Carlo’s first priority. Carlo stressed the importance of the school to us on a recent call. “Education is everything. With an education the kids can be doctors, lawyers, even president. For us education is the most important thing.”
The classrooms which were destroyed are also used by local women’s and youth groups to organise community events and share resources. You can help Carlo and his friends in the youth group rebuild by making a donation today. We need $6,000 to build classrooms which can withstand whatever Haiti throws at them.
Thanks so much, and take care.
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